Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For Grace

IMG_0972This is meditation about living a life of grace, humility and love. How? By offering grace to others. This prayer, which is appropriate at any time of the year, has particular relevance during the first week of Counting of the Omer and during the Hebrew month of Elul. This prayer appears in my first book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing. To listen along as you read, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.

 

For Grace
All I am,
All I have,
All I’ll become
Are present in this moment:
Warmth and breath,
Love and compassion,
Silence and celebration.
Everything, here.
All gifts, present.

What then, G-d of All Being,
What then of my choices?
What will I make of the space
Between this breath and the next?
Will I bring laughter and light,
Hope and faith,
Wonder and strength?
Will I stand in humble service
For all of my brothers and sisters?

Maker of heaven and earth,
Grant us the wisdom to choose lives of grace,
Lives of vision and understanding,
Seeing each moment as a choice
To bless our companions
With strength and wisdom,
With honor and respect.

Blessed are the gentle moments of grace.

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3 Responses to “For Grace”

  1. stephanie lubin

    I love this one Alden! I especially love the evocative image of “What will I make of the space
    between this breath and the next.” Your prayers are truly inspirational.

    Reply
  2. Amy Putkonen

    Your poem is beautiful. Like Stephanie said, above, I love that line too about the space between the breath. That is wonderful.

    Reply

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